Such is the competition in academics that 13 students claimed top position when CBSE announced its Class 10 Results on Monday. All of these 13 students scored 499 out of 500 marks. Things didn't just stop here. Even the second rank was bagged by 25 students with 498 marks while 59 students shared the third rank with 497 marks.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday announced the Class 10 results and 91.10 per cent candidates cleared the examination, an improvement of 4.40 per cent since last year.
The pass percentage of girls was 92.45 per cent against last year's 88.67 per cent, while that of boys was 90.14 per cent against last year's 85.32 per cent. Girls have done better than boys by 2.31 per cent. The pass percentage of transgender candidates was 94.74 per cent.
Want to know how did these students make it to the top? Here are some inside stories
From studying a dedicated number of hours to a 'no social media' policy and sticking to NCERT books were among the mantras adopted by toppers of Class 10 CBSE examination.
Siddhant Pengoriya from Noida's Lotus Valley School, who has scored 499 marks said, "I had expected to do well but not this well. My parents ideology of marks don't matter helped me have a relaxed mind and perform without any pressure".
Poorti Srivastava from UP who has bagged the third rank said, "There are lot of reference books available in the market but my teachers asked me to restrict myself to NCERT books. And that idea of actually studying less worked for me".
According to Shivani Lath from Mayoor School, Noida, who has bagged the first rank, "I adopted a 'no social media' policy two months before the exam so there were no distractions. Now I can proudly flaunt my result on Facebook".
For Kerala's Bhavana N Sivadas, 499 marks will work as a motivational factor in her chasing UPSC dreams.
"I have to crack the UPSC exam and join administrative services. The marks I have got in class 10 will give me motivation that I can perform well. Had I got less marks I would have felt demotivated, but the result has given me confidence to give my best in coming years."
While Trivandrum region has got the best pass percentage, Uttar Pradesh is the best performing state in terms of toppers by securing maximum number of first, second and third positions in the country. The state's toppers list included eight of 13 first rankers, 13 of the 25 second rankers and 19 of the 59 third rankers.
A total of 2.25 lakh students scored above 90 per cent and 57,256 scored above 95 per cent. The top position in the Children With Special Needs (CSWN) category, has been bagged by Kerala's Dilwin Prince with 493 marks. Coshin's Savan Vishoy and Irene Tresa Mathews have bagged the second and third ranks in the category with 492 and 491 marks respectively.